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Piedmont’s Ghirardelli mansion cuts $320,000 off price

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Sweet deal?

Originally built in the early 1900s for chocolate heir family Joseph and Ellen Ghirardelli, the East Bay Ghirardelli mansion listed in May for $5.3 million. A couple months later, the tony house sliced a cool $320,000 from its asking.

Today’s asking comes in at $4,980,000.

The seven bedroom, five and a half bath, nearly 6,500-square-foot Colonial home has hardly fallen victim to the renovation monster. At least not yet, anyway.

Boxed ceilings, wood paneled walls and grand staircase, barrel vault ceiling in the dining room, and a detached guest house highlight this historic house.

Though originally constructed for Joseph and Ellen Ghirardelli, it was completed shortly after Joseph's death. As Curbed SF noted back in May, "According to the Piedmont historical society, Ellen remarried a few years after to a Santa Barbara millionaire and began remodeling the house soon after moving into the relatively new home."

It last sold in 2012 for approximately $4 million.